Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.
So on Saturdays, I finally get the car. We are a one-car family and always have been. My husband works throughout the day, six days a week, and on Saturdays, we get to get up and take him to work. My kids and I typically spend the day at birthday parties, going grocery shopping, running other errands, or even going to fun events at the local parks together. This is the perfect day for making a crockpot meal.
At the very least, even if we are home, I know that we will need to be gone during my typical meal making time picking him up from work and will be gone until well after dinnertime. So every Saturday around noon or so, I start up a yummy dish that we can dig into no matter what time we pull back into the driveway that evening. I'm a dump-and-go kind of girl as well. I don't like anything complicated, and certainly can't handle a bunch of steps on days like these.
So dropping pork chops in the crockpot with some diced tomatoes, chicken with carrots and potatoes, or even the makings for a beef and veggie soup are right up my alley. We get the freedom of finally being out of the house for a bit, and we still get to eat a yummy meal that night after we get home from picking up daddy. Many families have to do this just about every day. In fact, I have many friends that both have to work while their children are in daycare.
Who wants to have to worry about pulling together a healthy meal after being gone working hard all day and then running all over the place running errands and picking up the kids? Not me! Give this meal a shot, and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
|Prep time||Cook time||Ready in||Yields|
4 hours 5 min
4 medium pork chops
- 4 medium pork chops
- 2 cups diced tomatoes
- 1 cup tomato paste
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- Pull out your crockpot and thaw your pork chops.
- Lay your pork chops out in the bottom of your crockpot, and add in your ingredients. You could use onions and cream, bbq spices, bbq sauce, Ranch dressing or the mix, Italian dressing, French Onion soup mix, or whatever your heart desires that evening.
- I chose diced tomatoes and tomato paste because I had jars in my fridge that needed to be used.
- Pop the top onto your crockpot and set the temperature on high for 3–4 hours or low for 6–8.
- I suggest serving with rice and steamed veggies. As you can see, we only had time for some quick baked potatoes that evening.
For so many, eating healthy is a struggle, especially if you're not at home much. Too many of us don't keep fresh fruits and veggies at home, keep mostly conventional snacks foods that don't go bad at the very most, and certainly don't have the makings for healthy meals around on a consistent basis. I totally understand. If everyone is gone all day, eats at school or work, and spends the evenings running around to sports and other hobbies, most meals are eaten on the go.
There's no real sense in keeping lots of food at the house. Unfortunately, that means weekends, holidays and the occasional night at home, fast food is on the menu.
Eating healthy doesn't have to be difficult, but for some it does have to be convenient. Make it easy on yourself and prep for 30 minutes over the weekend each time you go to the store, and you'll set yourself up for success when you need a healthy meal on the quick for your family.
Just about any of my dishes can be adapted for the crockpot. Just leave out the dairy products, pasta, and/or delicate veggies, like green beans, until the end, and pop them in when you get home while everyone is getting settled and getting to the table.
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